Mane set for surgery as Liverpool announce a friendly in Australia
Liverpool’s Sadio Mane will undergo a knee operation today which is expected to keep him sidelined for two months.
It is understood the Senegal international, who turned 25 yesterday, will go under the knife in London having suffered meniscus damage in a challenge with Everton’s Leighton Baines during the Merseyside derby earlier this month.
The expected lay-off period is two months which means he will miss the remainder of the Reds’ Premier League run-in.
Mane moved to Anfield for £30million from Southampton last summer and is the club’s top scorer having netted 13 times in the league in 27 appearances.
The Reds had initially been hopeful that surgery would not be necessary but Mane will now undergo a procedure today and miss the final six games of the season as Jurgen Klopp’s side look to finish in the top four and return to the Champions League.
Speaking last week, Klopp was fairly certain that surgery would be the only option for Mane.
“He will get a longer break and be ready for next season,” he said. “That is the good news.”
Meanwhile, the club have announced they will play a post-season friendly in Australia.
The Reds will take on A-League side Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium on May 24, three days after their final Premier League game against Middlesbrough.